University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

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Please note that Year 0 (Integrated Foundation Year) is taught at our Fusehill Street, Carlisle Campus. Year 1 to Year 3 is taught at the Ambleside Campus. With a shortage of marine and freshwater scientists in the UK, there’s never been a better time to study to become a future expert in the world of aquatic conservation. Our foundation year will build a solid base in scientific, intellectual, investigative skills and knowledge, enabling you to progress onto the BSc Marine and Freshwater degree. Our unique course, created with the guidance of professional environmental consultants and aquatic scientists, enables you to study freshwater and marine conservation together in one degree. Why Choose University of Cumbria Your studies at our Ambleside campus will be unrivalled - We're the only UK university with a campus within a national park and in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, forget sporadic, end of term field trips and research, you’ll have an abundance of rivers, lakes and coastline on your doorstep to gain plenty of hands-on, practical science throughout every term.

  • Prepared for employment in conservation, environmental and research fields
  • Easy access to the waters of the Lake District and coastal ecosystems
  • Use of up-to-date facilities in our new laboratories
  • Flexibility to customise your learning by selecting modules
  • Practical, taxonomic and analytical capabilities ready for a future in science
  • Exciting, international field trips and placements
  • Great contacts with wildlife, water and conservation organisations to enhance your job prospects
  • Taught by tutors involved in international research, which will enhance your learning
If you have the passion for helping our planet's future, then we’ll help you gain the aquatic environmental knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to graduate as a professional who can make a difference. So, to become an expert in the conservation world, get started with our unique course.

Course details


In the Foundation year, based at the Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle you will gain a firm foundation in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge from which to progress onto your chosen BSc (Hons) programme. The Practical laboratory work and an inter-disciplinary approach to science as well as developing your academic knowledge are all part of the four year course. Years two-four are based at our Ambleside campus where you will study a wide range of modules, which could include: ■ Aquatic Environments ■ Biodiversity ■ Ecology ■ Conservation Practice ■ Biodiversity Monitoring ■ Biogeography and Evolution ■ Conservation Genetics ■ Marine Ecology ■ Research Methods ■ Freshwater Ecology ■ Fisheries and Aquaculture ■ Behavioural Ecology ■ Aquatic Assessment Techniques ■ Dissertation, Animal Behaviour ■ Creating Sustainable Environments ■ GIS & Remote Sensing ■ Wildlife Forensics ■ Applied Field Studies ■ Pollution Management

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD458
Institution code C99
Campus nameCarlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 56 - 72 points Must have studied Biology or Applied Science at Level 3
A level CD - DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP - MMP
Access to HE Diploma M: 21 credits P: 24 credits Must be science based and need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3
Scottish Higher DDDD - CCDD

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
EU £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS